5 Important Turning Points In Your Spiritual Awakening

Turning points are what cause a Spiritual Awakening to begin.  Although you can have many different experiences, each individual experience begins to lead your life in a different direction.  Spiritual Awakening is mostly a sign that you are maturing as a human and seeking to be more peaceful in your way of dealing with yourself and with others.


It’s important to keep in mind that a Spiritual Awakening in no way indicates that you are more special, superior or anything that places you above others.  It is, in fact, the complete opposite.  A Spiritual Awakening brings about authenticity and humility.
If you have experienced, or are currently experiencing, any of the turning points listed below then chances are you are experiencing a Spiritual Awakening in your life.

1. Physical Turning Point

Physical Turning Points (PTP) can come after a traumatic experience that permanently changes the course of one’s life.
An example of a PTP can be having a devastating car accident or illness that leaves a person crippled, broken, or just psychologically scarred. This type of turning point is potentially the most drastic. It highlights the importance of seeking spiritual change peacefully and consciously.

2. Mental Turning Point

Mental Turning Points (MTP) can also be called Psychological Turning Points. These type of turning points come after one has made a sub-conscious breakthrough in their understanding of themselves and the world around them. They can be brought on by letting go of past experiences and difficulties.
The MTP is usually a more gentle way of approaching Spiritual Enlightenment but is often a slower process.

3. Financial Turning Point

A Financial Turning Point (FTP) has to do with the direction one’s life is going financially.  It doesn’t matter if someone’s overall wealth is increasing or decreasing, a FTP can happen either way.
There have been people experience a turning point at the peak of their financial success and people experience a turning point at the lowest point in their life.  But the overriding factor is a desire to change. An example of a Financial Turning Point is when a very wealthy man realizes that what he has means nothing to him.  So, he leaves everything and sets off on a spiritual journey.

4. Emotional Turning Point

Emotional Turning Points (ETP) are the generalized “Turning Point” because most Spiritual Awakenings are not a single event but a combination of events that lead people to Spiritual Awakening.  All Spiritual Awakenings are, in effect, Emotional Turning Points because it is the human emotions that connect individuals to all things. It is the ability of emotion that brings awareness of ourselves and of others.

5. Reflective Turning Point

The Reflective Turning Point (RTP) can come about in a few different ways: physical distance, emotional distance and the passing of time.  All three reflection criteria have value, but perhaps time is the most significant one, because with a gap of time one can more clearly analyze things because their mind has had the opportunity to deal with it sub-consciously.
Physical distance is also important because it offers the physical distance required to see the bigger picture.  If you never leave home, you will have nothing to compare it to. So you must leave your childhood home for a time and then come back to it, or move on to some place different to continue your journey of Spiritual Awakening.
source and courtesy: dailyvibes.org

5 Things To Always Keep Secret

It is not advisable to communicate the details of your life to everyone – because sometimes a listening ear becomes a running mouth. It is better to have your personal information kept to yourself rather than sharing it with everyone as discussing such issues most times usually have a disappointing result.


HERE ARE FIVE (5) IMPORTANT THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KEEP PERSONAL AND DO AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE NOT TO SHARE THESE SECRETS.

Your Innermost Thoughts
What you think about certain topics should be your believe and not what you try to inculcate into others. For instance, your thought about some spirituality issues, life or death would bring so much reactions of diverse kinds when you choose to make them a topic for discussion. Learn to understand that your thoughts are your interpretation and not the objective truth or you may likely get into some ill outcomes on such arguments.
Your Philanthropy
Giving a helping hand to a person or any other form of charitable work is very good and does a whole lot to the development of individuals and our society and its more value when you do not seek recognition for such benevolence. When you try to publicize how you have been helpful, it usually comes out to be some sort of boasting as many will have the thought that your initial intentions for such support was to seek popularity. There’s much virtue in adding value to people and remaining anonymous.
Your Goals
Your plans ought to be guarded with all diligence until you are able to achieve them. Being loud about such plans can enable some other people steal your ideas and work on them better, dealing with loopholes you may not have noticed in your plans. If this happens, it will get you demoralized and regretful that you ever made your plans known to anyone.
Your Lifestyle
Certain details about your personality such as; your sex life, religious life, overcoming a bad habit, etc. are not of any concerns to the world. It’s not worth it to put your emotional conditions out to all. Expecting appraisals from people is not necessary
Your Family’s Dirty Laundry
It is very disrespectful and unwise to bring stories of conflicts within your family to others. It devalues your person and brings more ridicule to your family as such stories are usually passed on by the people you told to some other friends of theirs and this will only make issues worse. Problems in the home are best resolved in the home as you share issues within the confines of your home, and with your loved ones.
source and courtesy: powerofpositivity.com

This Is What Happens When You Drink Coffee Every Day

Editor’s note: We recommend (in moderation of course) selecting fair trade, sustainably sourced organic coffee.
Many people around the world wouldn’t dream of starting their day without a piping hot cup of joe. Not only does coffee taste great, but it gives us a burst of much-needed energy first thing in the morning, and the heat from the coffee gives us comfort and warmth as well.
So, to all the coffee aficionados in the world, please feel free to raise your mugs and toast all of your coffee drinking friends after reading this article.

HERE ARE 5 THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU DRINK COFFEE EVERY DAY:

1. YOU WILL INCREASE YOUR METABOLISM.

This is good news for anyone thinking of starting a workout routine, or for others who have an exercise regimen in place already. The caffeine from the coffee will naturally boost your energy levels, revving up your metabolism so you can kickstart your day. While the effects are short-lived, you can still take advantage of the extra energy while it lasts.
Also, drinking coffee after a workout can even increase the metabolism. A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that endurance athletes who had a cup of coffee after exercise had a 66 percent increase in muscle glycogen, which helped them to quickly replace energy stores used during exercise.

2. DRINKING COFFEE WILL MAKE YOUR BRAIN HEALTHIER.

Coffee offers a bevy of benefits for you brain – studies have found that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day can decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by as much as 65% in middle-aged men and women. Other studies have found that drinking coffee daily can lower the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder, by as much as 32-60%.
Secondly, drinking coffee can block a particular nucleoside in the brain known as adenosine. Adenosine decreases the firing of neurons and the release of beneficial neurotransmitters within the brain. Because caffeine inhibits adenosine, it increases the production of beneficial chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Additionally, other studies have found that coffee increases cognitive performance, mood, reaction time, memory, and alertness.

3. IT WILL MAKE YOU HAPPIER.

A groundbreaking study performed by researchers at the Harvard Public School of Health found that adult men and women who drank two to four cups of caffeinated coffee each day had a 50% lower risk of suicide compared to those who drank decaf coffee or no coffee at all.
In addition, coffee contains many antioxidants, even more so than fruits and vegetables combined. It also contains beneficial nutrients such as Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5, as well as potassium and manganese.
All of these factors contribute to the major happiness boost you will feel from indulging in a cup or three of warm coffee each day.

4. DRINKING COFFEE WILL REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING SKIN CANCER.

study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that older adults who consumed four or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of developing malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer in the U.S. Researchers believe that coffee protects against certain types of skin cancer due to the high amount of antioxidants and phytochemicals present.

5. YOU’LL HAVE A LOWER RISK OF DEVELOPING TYPE 2 DIABETES.

Finally, according to another study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, people who increased their coffee consumption by one cup per day over the course of four years had an 11% lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared with those who made no changes to how much coffee they drank. What’s more, the study discovered that those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than one cup per day increased their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 17%. 
Now that you know about all the incredible health benefits of drinking coffee, you have all the more reason to enjoy a few cups per day, or start drinking it if you’ve been skeptical.
“We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.” – Jerry Seinfeld
source and courtesy: powerofpositivity.com

If You Wake Up At The Same Time Every Night, It Can Reveal Incredible Things About You

There are many signs in this world that call to us on a daily basis; but if you're not looking for them, chances are you're not going to find them.
Waking up at the same time every night, even when you've not set any alarms? This is one sign that many people miss.
Listen to it.
As a human on this Earth, you are inherently powerful with a myriad of different energies, and energy meridians. As these meridians are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, they are linked to a clock-like system that energizes certain regions of the body, depending on the time of day.

Struggling to sleep from 9:00pm to 11:00pm

If you're having a tough time falling asleep during this time period (which is the most common bedtime for people), it's a sign that you're still carrying the stresses and worries from your day.
To combat these effects, practice meditation, promotive mantras, and other relaxation practices. Yoga and stretching also work wonders.

Waking up between 11:00pm and 1:00am

Traditional Chinese Medicine posits that this period of time is linked to our gall bladders. If you're waking up during these hours, it can be indicative of emotional disappointment.
Focus on unconditional self-love, and remember to forgive yourself for any mistakes you've made.

Waking up between 1:00am and 3:00am

This time period is connected to our liver. If you're waking during these hours, it's a good sign that you are harboring feelings of anger, and have too much yang energy.
Poor a tall glass of cold water and reconcile with your anger; figure out what is troubling you, so you may get some rest.

Waking up between 3:00am and 5:00am

Waking during these hours is linked to our lungs, and is a sign of sadness. To return to restful nights, practice deep breathing exercises while you focus your thoughts on expressing faith in whatever your higher power may be. Know that they will help you.
Additionally, waking between these hours can be a sign that your higher power is trying to tell you something. When they are sending you messages, it is wise to pay attention; they are trying to bring you into better alignment with your ultimate purpose.

Waking up between 5:00am and 7:00am

During this time, our energy resides mostly in our guts, the large intestines. If you're waking up during these hours, you might having emotional blockages. Once you're awake, stretch out your body or use the bathroom to fall back into a slumber.

Your Higher Purpose

When we dream, we are highly receptive of any messages being sent to us from our Higher Power. If we look closely enough, we can see that our dreams depict certain details of our journey through life. This spiritual journey is important, and thus, so are the messages being sent to us.

Once we realize that we are living this life in order to become the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be, we gain a higher awareness, a deeper form of consciousness, one that allows us to ascend.

Consistently waking between 3:00am and 5:00am is a sign that your Higher Power is trying to contact you. Do your best to listen to what it has to say.

source and courtesy: higherperspectives.com

THE EFFECTS OF NEGATIVE & POSITIVE EMOTIONS ON OUR HEALTH

The existence of the mind/body connection was once completely shunned by mainstream science, with many dismissing it as mere pseudoscience. Fortunately, the conversation has shifted in recent years, thanks in large part to new scientific publications that  have made it quite clear that our thoughts, feelings, and emotions play a crucial role in regulating our overall health and biology.


There are several examples from different areas of science that prove this. Going through all of the evidence showing the strength of this connection can be a daunting task, which is why this article will provide just a few examples to get you started. It should serve as a good introduction to the unfortunate reality that much has been overlooked when it comes to the business of healing and medicine.

The HeartMath Institute

Some of the most intriguing research in this field comes from the HearthMath institute. Their research has shed light on a number of fascinating discoveries about how our emotions can impact our health. Through their work (and the work of others), we know that positive emotions create physiological benefits in your body, and negative emotions do the opposite. You can simply boost your immune system by conjuring up positive emotions. The heart actually has a system of neurons which have both short term and long term memory, and these heart signals are sent to the brain, which in turn affects our emotional experiences.

They’ve also shown that the electromagnetic field emitted from the human heart can be measured up to several feet away from the human body, and by learning to shift our emotions we are actually changing the information that’s coded into these heart-radiated magnetic fields. 

A large portion of HeartMath’s research focuses on these magnetic fields, and how not only other living creatures, but also Earth’s electromagnetic fields could connect in some way with our own and all other living things on the planet. You can read more about that here.

Epigenetics

Science has made some stunning new discoveries when it comes to the role of the mind in controlling our biology. Epigenetics (the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression) has shown us that genes and DNA do not control our biology, but rather, DNA is controlled by signals from outside of the cell, which include the messages that stem from our thoughts.

One of the leading authorities on how our emotions can regulate genetic expression is cellular biologist Bruce Lipton. He gives a great in-depth explanation in his books The Biology of Belief and Spontaneous Evolution.

The Placebo Effect

The biology of belief can be demonstrated in a number of different ways. Neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to change its shape and how it communicates with the body based on a person’s thoughts and their perception of their environment, is one great example.
According Dr. Lipton:
The placebo effect should be the subject of major, funded research efforts. If medical researchers could figure out how to leverage the placebo effect, they would hand doctors an efficient, energy-based, side effect-free tool to treat disease. Energy healers say they already have such tools, but I am a scientist, and I believe the more we know about science of the placebo, the better we’ll be able to use it in clinical settings. (Taken from his book linked above)
There are some fascinating publications regarding the placebo effect, but more research in this area is desperately needed. One such publication includes a Baylor School of Medicine study, published in 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine. It looked at surgery for patients with severe and debilitating knee pain. Many surgeons know there is no placebo effect in surgery, or so most of them believe. For the study, patients were divided into three groups. The surgeons shaved the damaged cartilage in the knee of one group. For the second group, they flushed out the knee joint, removing all of the material believed to be causing inflammation. Both of these processes are standard for people who have severe arthritic knees. The third group received a “fake” surgery; the patients were only sedated and tricked into thinking they had actually undergone the surgery. For these patients, doctors made incisions and splashed salt water on the knee as they would in normal surgery. They then sewed up the incisions like the real thing. All three groups went through the same rehab process, and the results were astonishing. The placebo group improved just as much as the other two groups who had surgery. The surgeon involved in the study stated that his “skill as a surgeon had no benefit on these patients” and that “the entire benefit of surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee was the placebo effect.”


Quantum Physics

At the turn of the nineteenth century, physicists started to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter. In doing so, the belief that a physical, Newtonian material universe that was at the very heart of scientific knowing was dropped, and the realization that matter is nothing but an illusion replaced it. Our universe is more than just a physical mechanical one, and our biology is more than just a physical ‘thing.’ With the advent of quantum physics, scientists have realized the flaws in Newtonian physics, as quantum physics shows us that the invisible, immaterial realm is actually far more important than the material realm.
“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulating consciousness.”  
–  Max Planck, theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918
This applies to the biology of our bodies as well. It is much more than a mechanical, physical entity. A true examination and interpretation of human biology cannot be adequately done without addressing the non-physical factors that play a role in regulating it, like thoughts and emotions.
The quantum double slit experiment is a very popular experiment used to examine how consciousness and our physical material world are intertwined. It effectively documents how factors associated with consciousness and our physical material world are connected in some way.
One potential revelation of this experiment is that “the observer creates the reality.” A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays by Dean Radin, PhD, explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality. (source)
All of the research being conducted in the areas mentioned above and more are helping to increase awareness about something that has tremendous implications for us all.
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

Emotional Pain Charts

There are mountains of books and papers that have been published on the mind body connection, above is just a tiny bit of information that’s out there, a general overview. As far as what type of emotion and how it causes something specific within the body, the mechanisms of that have yet to be identified. This is an ancient science, and concepts like these require more learning on our part, and more funding and study in the world of science. Science has always been slow with regards to ‘catching up’ on all that was lost in our past, but we are indeed doing so. Quantum physics and ancient eastern philosophy are a perfect example. That being said, below are a couple of emotional pain charts that theorize the specifics of this kind of thing. Personally, I have no doubt that negative emotions feed several different types of ailments and diseases within the body, regardless of whether or not we don’t quite understand it fully, the connection is clearly there and that seems to be firmly established in scientific literature.



source and courtesy: collective-evolution.com

Asking Yourself These Questions Every Day Can Reveal Your Deepest Desires

We like to think that the Universe is not random and that we were placed here with some mission to accomplish before we die. We want to know that our lives held meaning and that in some small way we changed the Universe for the better. We want to be reaffirmed. Isaac Newton once said “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Our descendants will stand on our shoulders and carry the torch of humanity even farther than we have. But what is it that we should be doing?

ASKING YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS MAY RAISE YOUR VIBRATION, AND OPEN UP AN ENTIRELY NEW WORLD (BASED ON HOW YOU ANSWER THEM…)

What Makes You Happy?
This is a pretty simple question though it is sometimes hard to answer. What is it that makes us happy when we do it? Does our current job make us happy? Or does it simply keep us housed and fed?

What Do You Want To Do?
Is there something you have been wanting to do but don’t think you can make it happen? Is there something else you would rather be doing? What would you do if money were no issue?

What Would You Try If You Could Not Fail?
If there was no way you could possibly screw up what would you try to do? Most of us convince ourselves that we are going to fail even before we try. We tell ourselves that something is impossible or impractical. We fail before we even try. But what if you couldn’t fail?

What Makes You Lose Track Of Time?
What is the thing you enjoy so much that the hours just fly by and you never have enough time to invest in that activity? When you enjoy something so much time ceases to exist. You lose yourself in the work. This can ultimately bring about a change in your mental, and physical worlds.

What Are You Good At?
If you are good at something wouldn’t it be a waste if you didn’t do that thing full time? What is it that seems to come easily to you? Are you a leader? A good speaker? Are you really good at math? Ask yourself what you are best at. Is there something you really excel at doing? Finding this can create the shift you’ve been looking for.

If You Died What Would You Regret Not Doing?
If you found out today that you were going to die tomorrow what would have wanted to accomplish before you died? Is there something that you feel you have left unfinished?

What Do People Ask You For Help Doing?
Maybe the thing you are really good at is in high demand. Is there something people are always asking your help with because you are so darn good at it? Maybe they are subtly telling you what it is you should be doing with your life.

What Are Your Values?
Is there a cause that aligns with your values and beliefs? Maybe you feel that something important has been overlooked by everyone else. Perhaps there is injustice in the world and you would like to change that. Maybe homelessness, poverty, inequality, famine, war, hunger, or human trafficking are things you wish you could end as you find your truest calling.

What Are You Willing To Fight For?
What do you care so much about that you are willing to expend your limited time on this earth fighting to solve or rid humanity of. Are you willing to meet the challenges and obstacles head on and overcome them with perseverance and determination?

What Are You Willing To Sacrifice For?
Are you willing to give up recreational time for a greater purpose? Personal relationships? Kids? Money? What do you feel about so passionately that you are willing to sacrifice to achieve your goals? Knowing how far you’re willing to go for what you believe in can change your whole life, and the lives of those around you.

What Is Holding Me Back?
What is it that is keeping you from following your dreams? Is it just fear? What is it that is keeping you from committing completely to achieve your life’s purpose?

How Do You Want To Be Remembered?
Most of us will live and die in obscurity and that is ok. We will not be remembered past our kids or grand-kids. But if you are remembered by society and history how do you want the collective memory of humanity to remember you? Your purpose is closely linked with how you want to be remembered. If you want to be remembered as the person who cured cancer or ended world hunger then those things should illuminate your purpose. That purpose is out there and is waiting for you to take it and run with it.

source and courtesy: powerofpositivity.com

11 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough

Some days turn out better or worse than others – that’s a fact. But ultimately, the way we feel about our life and ourselves has the biggest impact on the outcome of each day.  Happiness and confidence can create outcomes that exceed our expectations, like a continual ray of sunshine even on a cloudy day.
But, when we are down on ourselves, especially when we think we are not good enough, life can easily and quickly take a turn for the worse.  We can unexpectedly find ourselves entrenched in a deep, dark hole. When we repeatedly allow ourselves feel this way for days, weeks or even months at a time, it can have detrimental effects on our happiness, health, relationships, and careers.
That’s why it’s best to prevent a self-esteem slide. Sometimes the smallest bit of inspiration can help us turn things around when we feel we are not good enough.
Here is a quick list of 11 things to remember when you think you’re not good enough. Save this for yourself, you never know when you may need it and share it with others. Let’s put an end to the false reality of the negative belief, “you’re not good enough”!

11 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU THINK YOU’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH


1. Life is about progress, not perfection. Strive for excellence!
Life is perfectly imperfect. Striving for perfection is not necessarily a bad thing – it makes you reach higher and work harder. However, it’s a goal that can be rather unattainable and you will always be working on being “perfect”. This may leave you feeling like you are “not good enough”, especially in a world where the race toward “perfectionism” usually involves losing who you truly are to emulate what others think you should be.
Instead, strive for excellence. Excellence is far superior and you can create the level of personal excellence that works for you and where you are.  Most of us are juggling so many tasks in so many areas that we cannot possibly perfect in every area and still be happy, but we attain excellence and it’s far more rewarding!

2. What you do right NOW can create a better outcome.
Nothing is written in stone, unless it’s in the past. Even then we can change the way we perceive it. We can’t truly predict the future, because it’s ever changing based on what we do right now.
The best way to move forward is to be present and put our full focus on the now in a positive manner. When we feel good about the things that are going well and display gratitude for what we have we allow for more of those good things to come to us.
The same is true when we focus on negative, however, positive thinking is much more powerful and reigns supreme. In fact, some say it is 1000x stronger. So, no matter what happened,, be grateful you are still here to correct it and move forward. Take this time, even if it’s an eensy-weensy minute, and take a deep breath, focus on the good and allow yourself the ability to help create a better outcome.

3. Positive thinking is your birthright.
No matter what situation you are in, positive thinking can and will always come to your rescue if you allow it. The power of positivity is a gift to us from divine energy. Divine energy is nothing BUT positive energy.
If you want things to turn around for your highest good you must keep your faith, release fear, and keep your focus on solutions. Positive thinking is your birthright. It can always improve any situation, no matter how dire it may appear.

4. There is more RIGHT with you than wrong with you.
Even during your struggles, don’t forget to focus on your strengths. Too often our culture looks at each other’s “weaknesses” and wants to put focus on improving them. While having a balanced mind, body and soul is important some of our weaknesses exist to balance some of our greatest strengths.
When we switch our focus to what is right about ourselves, we could probably write down a long list. In fact, if you need to do that exercise, do it! Focus on your strengths and what you do well. In the areas that you could improve, be reasonable with yourself and if it’s an area you truly believe you need to improve create action steps to do so. Either way, there IS more right with you than wrong with you.
5. Everyone makes mistakes!
The positive perspective and the real truth about mistakes are that they are an opportunity to teach us something and allow us to grow.  At times they can also point out our weaknesses so that we can grow stronger in that area. We are students here and mistakes are evidence we are trying and doing the best we can.
When we continually learn and grow from our mistakes we begin to see bigger success in our life, more fulfillment and true and lasting happiness. Success takes work and mistakes are part of that.
image credits: David McElroy

6. Remember you are exactly where you need to be right now.
It may not seem like it, but the entire Universe has orchestrated itself to create your life where it is right now.  It may not be where you want to be right now, but sometimes you have to go through a bit of bramble to get to the clover field.
So when you feel like you’ve failed or that you’ll never reach your goals, remind yourself that the Universe didn’t say no, it just said not yet. Continually remind yourself that you are in the perfect place right now, and continue moving forward in faith.

7. Be kind and gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can.
You don’t have to beat yourself up over not “getting there” fast enough, or as fast as the people you wish to be like. As long as you can come away at the end of the day knowing you gave it your all, that’s all anyone can truly do.  Your light is shining, no matter how small the flame.  Even if your flame is the smallest in the world, it will still cut through the darkest night.
You could even think of a flower garden.  Each flower blooms at it’s own pace and shows it’s unique beauty as it does so.  Continue reaching for the light, allowing yourself to be nurtured.  Much like the flower, your life will come into bloom as well.

8. You deserve your own unconditional love and forgiveness.
“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”- Max Ehrmann
Begrudging yourself or holding on to negative thoughts about yourself will not bring you justice – the grief and pain will only end up affecting you.
Let go of the bitterness and resentment towards yourself or your situation. Let go of the negative feelings and remove the focus and attention to the unwanted. Forgiving yourself for making a mistake and allowing yourself to “love YOU no matter what” is wonderful. It will lead you to even more positive feelings of understanding, compassion and empathy, allowing you to grow into a better experience.

9. There’s always a solution, keep looking!
Sometimes you might feel like you’ve reached the end of the road. Lucky for you, there’s always a small dirt path called faith that you can continue to follow when times get tough.
Follow a path of positive faith and just watch new solutions appear. It may be a simple solution, and it may only be a part of the solution that you need to put together. The puzzle pieces are always there – it’s up to you to put the picture in place.
10. The only comparing and competing you should be doing is with yourself.
As mentioned multiple times throughout this article, there’s no need to try to compete or catch up with those who are in your field.  Be the best version of YOU.  Be the change you want to see in YOURSELF.  Allow the future vision of YOU to be your hero.
11. You can’t always change things, but you can ALWAYS change the way you look at things.
The present moment was created as a collective manifestation of your past thoughts, words and actions.  Sometimes, this can be so tough that you may feel like you’re not good enough to get through it, and if you’re reflecting on the reality that you’ve created, it may even make you feel like you’re not good enough to handle your co-creative ability.
The bottom line is that times can get tough – but there’s nothing wrong with believing you’re tougher.  Because when you believe you ARE good enough to create the life you desire, and you believe that YOU ARE good enough to make it through any situation.  When this happens, the way you look at things suddenly change, and before you know it, your reality positively changes with it.
source and courtesy: powerofpositivity.com

21 Ways To Create Peace of Mind

“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Did you know that most people are in a constant state of restlessness? It’s true. From the moment we wake up, our brains are firing signals across its synapses and down to nerve endings in our bodies.
Combine the physiological makeup of the human body with the demands of work, family, and other obligations, and we have the recipe for one batch of perpetual restlessness. To attain the peace of mind that makes us feel centered, safe, and focused, here are 21 ways to help you create the inner peace you seek.

21 WAYS TO HELP CREATE PEACE OF MIND


WAY #1: TRY A 5-MINUTE MEDITATION.

Here’s a quick an effective stress reliever! Set your phone, watch, or whatever you like for a 5 minute period. Close your eyes, take deep breaths from your diaphragm and focus on the present moment. Continue for 5 minutes. Remember, you are not trying to “think about nothing,” but rather to gently acknowledge thoughts as they arise with each inhalation and let them go as you exhale.

WAY #2: GO FOR A MEDITATIVE WALK.

Sunshine and fresh air is magic for your frame of mind. Focus on your breath and feel the motion of your body as you step. Listen to the sounds of nature and the environment around you.

WAY #3: LISTEN TO RELAXING MUSIC.

Do you have a favorite music artist that just resonates with you? Music has a powerful effect on our mindset, as anyone who works out or studies while listening to music can tell you.

WAY #4: GET CREATIVE.

If you have a friend who is an artist, ask them what goes through their mind when they are performing their craft. Odds are you are going to get an answer like “Nothing,” “Complete focus,” or “Peace.” Any craft – from writing and blogging to sketching and painting – has a very powerful effect on our mind.

WAY #5: PRAY.

It’s easy to be sidetracked by stressors of this life as opposed to what’s mostly important, peace, love, and the delivery of your unique positive energy for a higher good. Try and remember what’s truly important to you and act on your faith in prayer, meditation, or whatever method you use to connect with your highest self.

WAY #6: LEAVE INSPIRATION AROUND YOUR HOME.

This works well – find what inspires you and place reminders around your place. Inspiration can take the form of quotes, scripture, images of your idol… anything that results in a positive, peaceful piece of mind. 

WAY #7: DE-CLUTTER A PART OF YOUR HOME.

When you are trying to both attain and keep a peaceful mind, clutter can distract you. This is especially true if you are a clean person by nature. De-clutter your workspace, garage, bedroom, closet, or another part of your place.

WAY #8: HELP SOMEONE IN NEED.

This is good for the soul and for keeping a peaceful, positive mindset. There are many people who could use a helping hand.

WAY #9: LOSE YOURSELF IN A BOOK.

An engaging read engages and expands your mind. When focused on a good book, your mind relaxes and brings a peaceful ambiance to your being.

WAY #10: RECOGNIZE THE GOOD IN PEOPLE.

Unfortunately, what we read, see, and hear can both consciously and unconsciously cause us to judge and see the negative the people around us. Odds are these people have great qualities that are made known if you look.
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WAY #11: UNDERSTAND THAT POSSESSIONS DON’T EQUAL PEACE.


In our consumerist culture, we are bombarded with marketing and advertising that promotes the “benefits” of a product and how it can “make life better.” Some of the happiest people in the world have little and love the minimalist way of life!

WAY #12: GET INTO NATURE.

Our world is incredible in its diversity and natural attraction. Something as simple as sitting under a tree or relaxing by a river can have a calming, relaxing effect on your mind.

WAY #13: BE WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.

There is something special in just relaxing and being around the people that you love. Relaxing with your spouse, kids, parents, and others whom you care about will help you appreciate life and bring you peace.

WAY #14: SERVE SOMEONE ELSE.

History shows that the most peaceful, loving people are also servants of others. Jesus, Buddha, Mother Theresa, Gandhi… the list goes on. There is real power and peace in service for its own sake.
Way #15: Do what you love. At work, home, or for recreation, don’t forget and set aside your passions for any reason.

WAY #16: RESIST DWELLING ON NEGATIVE THOUGHTS.

If you find yourself in a negative frame of mind, you can turn the tables by simply witnessing the thought and letting it go. There is peace to be found by not judging yourself and simply witnessing a thought as a byproduct of your mind.

WAY #17: SINGLE-TASK.

This is another area that can bring peace and tranquility to your life. When doing something, anything; keep your mind on that one thing. This can be anything from brushing your teeth to writing a book. Realize that our brains are meant to take on one thing at a time. Multitasking is inefficient, unnecessary, and unhealthy.

WAY #18: STRETCH.

When we work or expend any kind of effort, our body becomes tense.  A quick stretch of your arms, legs, and other areas of your body is relaxing and can bring peace of mind.

WAY #19: BE TRUTHFUL.

This means resisting the temptation to tell “little white lies” and other untruths. Telling the truth reduces stress, promotes peace, and is just the right thing to do.

WAY #20: STOP PROCRASTINATING.

When there is something that needs to be done, and we don’t do it, the stress takes on both a conscious and unconscious form. We all have things that we don’t want to do, but the sooner it’s resolved, the sooner we can forget about it!

WAY #21: DO NOTHING AT ALL.

You read that correctly – do nothing. We all work hard and need to take some time once in a while to simply be. Sit or lay down and simply be present.
source and courtesy: powerofpositivity.com

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